Jays homer 5 times against Twins

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, July 8, 2010

TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista hit one of Toronto’s five homers and Brett Cecil snapped a four-start winless skid, leading the Blue Jays to an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Fred Lewis, Adam Lind, Jose Molina and Lyle Overbay also went deep for the Blue Jays, who hit 10 homers in the three game series and leads the majors with 130. Bautista leads the majors with 23 homers and eight Blue Jays have at least 10 home runs before the All-Star break, a club first.

The left-handed Cecil (8-5) won for the first time since June 10 at Tampa Bay, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.

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Casey Janssen worked the eighth and David Purcey pitched the ninth for the Blue Jays, who won consecutive games for the first time since June 18 and 19 against San Francisco.

Third-place Minnesota lost for the 11th time in 16 games ahead of a crucial three-game series at first-place Detroit that begins Friday.

Lewis led off the bottom of the first with a homer to right, his fifth. It’s the third time this season Lewis has hit a leadoff home run.

Toronto added four more in the second. Lind led off with a drive off the facing of the second deck in right, his 11th. Singles by Aaron Hill, Edwin Encarnacion and Molina loaded the bases before Alex Gonzalez hit a two-out double to the wall in right-center, scoring all three runners.

Michael Cuddyer provided Minnesota’s run with a two-out homer to left in the fourth, his eighth.

Scott Baker (7-8), who allowed five runs seven hits, walked none and struck out four.

Alex Burnett took over in the seventh, but Overbay whacked the right-hander’s first pitch over the wall in center for his 10th home run. One out later, Molina drilled his first homer to left.

Bautista capped the barrage with a leadoff drive to left against Ron Mahay in the eighth, his second homer in as many days. Bautista hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer Wednesday.

NOTES: Twins 1B Justin Morneau is day to day with a “mild concussion” after he was accidentally kneed in the head Wednesday, manager Ron Gardenhire said. Cuddyer started at first Thursday. Morneau could play Friday at Detroit. … Toronto RHP Shaun Marcum, out since July 2 with a sore elbow, is playing long toss and remains on pace to return after the All-Star break, manager Cito Gaston said. … Hill returned to the lineup after missing three games with flulike symptoms.